I have been in the Loire Valley for the last three weeks working for a lovely family with four kids, there has been lots of spaghetti on the walls, wine drinking, chocolatey faces and bum pinching from a certain naughty four year old. We are staying in a big Chateaux and my bedroom in in a turret so I am now calling myself Rapunzel, although no french men have been at my window trying to climb up my hair yet!
Here is a nice little recipe from Jamie Oliver for smoked trout pate which I have been doing as a little addition to summer lunches. So unbelievably easy to make, just mix in a bowl or chuck into a magimix for a smoother pate.
125g cream cheese
2-3 heaped teaspoons jarred horseradish
small bunch of chives finely chopped
125g hot smoked trout or salmon, skin removed
sea salt and pepper
Mix the cream cheese with the horseradish, zest from the lemon and half of the juice. Mix in most of the fresh chives just leaving a few to sprinkle on the top when you serve it. Season generously and add more horseradish and lemon if it needs perking up, then flake in the smoked trout and stir gently so you are left with a few bigger chunks. Serve in a pretty dish with the chives sprinkled on top with some really good brown bread.